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The Brain—is wider than the Sky— Summary & Analysis
by Emily Dickinson

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“The Brain—is wider than the Sky—” was written by the 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson. In the poem, the speaker praises the human mind’s capacity to imagine, perceive, and create, ultimately suggesting that the mind is boundless in its potential—and that this boundlessness links humanity to God. Dickinson published few poems in her lifetime, instead choosing to bind many of her poems together into handmade booklets, or fascicles. She included “The Brain—is wider than the Sky—” in Fascicle Twenty-Six, which dates from the summer of 1863.

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